As a public administrator, executing eminent domain may be part of your job responsibilities. Eminent domain is the power of government to take private property for a public use. The government does not need the owner’s consent but must provide the owner with just compensation for the property. The Supreme Court has upheld the use of eminent domain in urban renewal projects, destruction of slums, and promotion of aesthetics. Clearly, this is a controversial topic. Public administrators are at the forefront of that controversy because their agencies facilitate the taking. Eminent domain litigation is specialized, costly, and lengthy. Is there a way outside the legal process public administrators could make eminent domain more appealing to citizens whose land is being taken?
To prepare for this Discussion:
Review Chapter 9 in The Study of Law: A Critical Thinking Approach (4th ed.) for information on eminent domain and other property issues relevant to public administrators.
Review the article “Eminent Domain Due Process” to explore eminent domain and how it is related to due process promised in the U.S. Constitution.
Review the article “Kelo v. New London” to explore the leading Supreme Court case on eminent domain. Think about what facts the court considered important in its decision.
Consider ways outside the legal process that a public administrator could make eminent domain more acceptable to citizens.
With these thoughts in mind:
Post a 300 word response by Thursday February 09, 2017 that describesthree ways outside the legal process that a public administrator could make eminent domain more acceptable to citizens.
Support your work with proper APA citations from the Learning Resources and any other sources.